Quora News: A plane carrying Filipino troops crashed in the southern Philippines with 92 people on board.
A total of 17 bodies have been recovered and 40 people have been rescued, Defense Minister Dolphin Lorraine Zana said in a statement.
The Air Force said in a statement that the Lockheed C-130 crashed during landing.
“Rescue efforts are underway,” he said.
BREAKING NEWS: A C-130 aircraft of Philippine Air Force (PAF) with a tail number 5125 and with 85 people onboard crashed today at vicinity of Patikul, Sulu. Fire suppression is ongoing. Standby for more updates. I 📸: Bridge Bridge#PlaneCrash #Patikul #Sulu pic.twitter.com/EyEgTaucXz
— Philippine Emergency Alerts – PEA (@AlertsPea) July 4, 2021
Photographs show fire and smoke billowing from the wreckage of trees among the trees in Patikol, Solo Province, where the army has long battled insurgents.
Lorenzna earlier told Reuters that initial reports said the plane had 92 people on board, including three pilots and five crew members.
At least 40 people have been rescued from the wreckage and are being treated, Armed Forces Chief Cerillo Sobejna told reporters.
Plane Crashes in the Philippines Details
According to a foreign news agency, a C-130 military plane crashed while landing in the Philippine province of Solo, killing 17 people and injuring 40 others. The cause of the crash is still unknown. However, officials said the plane deviated from the runway during landing.
According to the Philippine Ministry of Defense, about 92 military personnel were on board the plane, while an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash. The Philippine military chief said the plane was being sent to fight the militants, but did not say how many were killed while military rescue operations were under way.